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. >> i am going to say something controversially. obama arrived in denver at 2:00 p.m. today just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. when you go to 5,000 feet and you only have a few hours to adjust, i don't know maybe. >> mitt romney also talking about that comment this morning giving sean hannity his take on the former vice president's debate announcement. >>> would you agree maybe the altitude had an impact on the president last night. that was al gore's theory. >> look, it was a chance for each of us to describe our vision for the country. the president talked about his vision which was a continuation of the policies of the last four years. he wants to have a stimulus and investing for us. he wants to raise taxes as vice president biden blurted out they want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars more like 2 trillion by our calculations. he is laying out the same policies he has been talking about for the last four years. >>> scary story. an outbreak of a rare and deadly form of me think gmeningitis. >> it is scary. the death tole reaching 35.
from the president on the stump in denver today. >> obama: when i got on to the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. [ laughter ] but it couldn't have been mitt romney because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts to pay for the wealthy. he didn't know anything about that. >> jennifer: all right. so i love this, of course. and it looks like -- you know, the president's running against a guy who changes his position as much as nicki minaj changes the color of her hair. i'm assuming we're going to see ads that pull apart the lies from the debate last night that were in fact, flips from where he had been before. >> that's absolutely right. in fact, we released one earlier today that will make sure to get to you. we talked about the fact he was playing hide and go seek with his tax plan last night. there were another few moments in which he committed to policies that would devastate the middle class. he made cl
at the debate hall. president obama's expected to arrive in denver any minute as well. we'll be talking with top supporters of each candidate. the former new york city mayor rudy giuliani, he'll join us live this hour. also we'll be hearing from both candidates' wives in special cnn interviews. today, by the way, is the obama's 20th wedding anniversary. so what's it like spending the night with the romneys? i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> 34 days from the presidential election but much more importantly right now at least right now we've reached what may be the most decisive night of the 2012 campaign, the first presidential debate at the university of denver. after weeks of downplaying expectations, mitt romney's campaign insiders are finally opening up about what they really think can be accomplished tonight. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta is in denver getting ready to set the scene. jim. >> reporter: wolf, the romney campaign sees the polls moving in their directions. one of the top priorities tonight is to maintain that trajectory. the romney campaign
't feel well when i landed in denver. here is al gore talking about the president's performance. >> obama arrived in denver at 2:00 pm today, just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. when you go to 5,000 feet and you only have a few hours to adjust -- >> that's interesting. >> -- i don't know maybe this is it. >> all right. maybe the altitude. >> what's that? >> i was saying maybe the altitude. al gore was sbeing lighthearted when he was saying maybe that was the challenge, the altitude. >> maybe the altitude is what affected mitt romney's memory. maybe that was the impact on the debate. >> you win the gold. >> it is lighthearted. >> you win the gold. >> it is light hearted. >> stephanie, always great to see you. i appreciate your time. >>> "out front" next we break down mitt romney's key line of the night. it came when he talked about his tax plan. does it add up or not? u.s. special forces are on the ground, collecting intelligence in libya. we have a report from benghazi, coming up. >>> and live report from facebook revealed by mark zuckerberg.
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to both around the country also at a campaign stop in denver president barack obama referred to romney as a good fellow but said it wasn't the real mitt romney. >> the real romney has been running around the country for the last year promising 5 trillion dollars in tax cuts to pay for the wealthy and last night he said he didn't know anything about that. he flew to his next campaign stop in madison wisconsin. stiller had held captive for months 10 years later elizabeth smart is promoting a new cause sharing a personal message here also a local scientists has so, we all set? i've got two tickets to paradise! pack your bags, we'll leave tonight. uhh, it's next month actually... eddie continues singing: two tickets to... paradiiiiiise! no four. remember? whoooa whooaa whooo! you know ronny, folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. and how happy are they jimmy? happier than eddie money running a travel agency. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. open >> elisabeth smart has been thrust into the limel
. romney will be campaigning in denver today with a rally scheduled there tonight. president obama does not have any public appearances scheduled.. he'll spend the day in henderson, nevada, preparing for the debate. analysts from both political parties agree the debates may be romney's big chance. >>we have gottent o know obamamitt romney and has his canvas. >> he has two competing goals. the likable and lay out a contract. >>>>a recent c-n-n poll on who the voters think will win the debates shows a 25 percent advantage for obama. >>the u-s supreme court is expected to rule on affirmative action, voting rights, same sex marriage and other issues during the new term that begins today. on the docket today, a case that examines whether companies can be sued in u-s courts over human rights violations committed in other countries. next week, the justices are expected to hear arguments in a case challenging the use of racial preference in college adminissions. charges have been dropped against the man who allegedly attacked actress lindsay lohan over the weekend. christian labella was arr
big presidential debate. the showdown in denver between president obama and republican challenger mitt romney. you know romney is looking for a new look and, of course, the president is trying to avoid the incumbent trap of trying to appear arrogant or underprepared. a lot on the line right now. >> a big moment in the campaign because there are so many eyes on this. it's the first of three debates between these two men. it's scheduled to last 90 minutes, and with just 33 days until the election some 60 million people are expected to tune in. former republican candidate rick santorum knows what it's like to go against mitt romney in a debate. we'll talk to him straight ahead, as well as the president's deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter. >>> also ahead, we brought you his incredible story last week, a man looking for a second chance to fulfill his dream after he suffered a debilitating injury in his one and only at-bat in the major leagues. last night, seven years later, adam greenberg finally got that chance. we'll show you how he did and talk to him about the big moment the morn
more ones when day's debate in denver from abc's karen travers. >> reporter: president obama arrived in nevada for three days of what campaign aide are calling debate camp. he took a break to rally supporters in the critical battleground state. >> i believe in you. and i ask you to keep on believing in me. >> reporter: both the president and mitt romney will hunker down over the next few days as they huddle with senior advisers to prepare for wednesday's high-stakes showdown in denver. in recent days aides to both campaigns have been bending overbackwards to compliment their opponent. and downplay expectation for their side. new jersey governor chris christie set a high bar for romney. >> this is the first moment when the american people are going to be able to see the two guys side by side laying out their vision unfiltered. i think that will be a purrfowe moment for mitt romney. >> reporter: they're preparing for romney to come armed. >> they've been practicing zingers for months. >> reporter: abc news political analyst, matt dowd says at this point, romney and obama advisers are s
. the first debate between >> the first debate between barack obama special mitt romney is just four days away. while they are preparing for the showed own in denver on monday, their runningmates are in the battleground states. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney were out in the public eye today, as they get ready for their first debate this wednesday. so the campaign trail duties fell to their runningmates. vice-president biden stumped in florida for a second consecutive day. he slammed republicans and the bush administration for the skyrocketing deficit. >> by the time the reins got turned over to barack and me, they had doubled the national debt in 8 years. >> reporter: with his path to the white house shrinking, florida's looking like a must-win for romney. but today, his runningmate, ckman paul ryan, focused on new hampshire, with four electoral votes. but ryan said that could be a difference in the race that will come to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. [cheering] >> reporter: the cam
presidential debate of this campaign is tomorrow in denver. how mitt romney and president barack obama are preparing as they count down the hours to tomorrow night. 90 minutes of drama should we say? >> can you imagine being a fly on the wall, listening to the prep and what they're going through, he says this, you say this, stand like that, talk like this. the prep must be fascinating behind the scenes. >> i would love to hear the commentary as they're looking at their opponents in previous debates, just the things they would say about them. >> political theater in full effect tomorrow night. >>> also, folks, a health concern near and dear to our insomniac viewers, this is for sure, we'll bring you new and pretty eye-opening research into teens who are sleep deprived. something we can relate to, especially coming off a little mini weekend vacation. >> basically anything positive out of sleep deprivation. >> the news is never good for our life expectancy on the shift. >>> this is actually kind of good, though. "extreme eats," ordinary foods with an extreme edge. i will introduce you to
night in den denver, i want to look back at romney and obama. romney, maybe appearing a little more amped up than the president in these sxmexamples. let's watch and talk on the other side. >> you have a problem with al w allowing someone to finish speaking. i suggest if you want to become president of the united states, you got to let both people speak. let me speak. >> at the time when the war started you said it would be quick and easy. you said you knew where the weapons of mass destruction were, you were wrong. you said we would be greeted as liberators. you were wrong. >> perhaps the president more professori professorial, romney more excitable. do you think we'll see that tomorrow night in denver? >> reporter: i think so. if you listen to both campaigns, i think both campaigns have been advising candidates to work on their own individual liabilities if you want to call them that going into the debates. romney, cording to aides, has been told to work on a more one on one debate style approach, as we saw during the primaries. he more than held his own. and in those debates wit
cruz. today we begin with debate prep. president obama and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared debaters and he predicts few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are down playing expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be f
daily rundown." >> reporter: every one is special. >> also in denver, we have obama deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter. stephanie, how are you doing this morning? >> good morning. it's freezing out here. >> all right, stephanie, we've got bob woodward with us, and he has the first question. bob? >> hi. how are you? >> hi, bob. >> hi. big question. could the debates change the election? are they that important? >> absolutely. you know, i, eight years ago, was on the kerry campaign. and john kerry came into that first debate and changed the entire dynamic of that race. we were eight points down. and we came out of the debates tied or even a little bit ahead. so absolutely, debates are very important. it's the first time that voters really get to see these two candidates side by side. and to compare not just their styles, because i know a lot of people will be talking about style tonight. but really their visions. the details, the specifics, where they want to take the country. how they're answering some of these tough questions, and whether they're giving real answers. so absolu
away from the first presidential debate in denver. president obama will leave the white house for joint base andrews. he has a campaign stop at a los angeles high school. he will city in nevada before traveling to ohio on thursday. mitt romney is spending the weekend cramming for the debate. some political analysts say he needs a strong showing and they show him losing ground to the president in various battleground states. university of denver is preparing to host the debate. it will focus on the debate and be hosted by jim lehreresidents. >> they will have two more presidential debates on the 16th and two #. can you watch them live right here and coverage of wednesday night's debate begins at 6:00. >> a new survey shows it as mathematical dead heat in highway. 49% for president obama and 45%. the gap is is within the poll's margin of error and 2% of likely voter it is say they are still undecided. while the election is on tuesday. some voters have already cast their ballots. they offer some form of early voting. iowa began next week and then tuesday. volunteers from the obama and romn
for their first debate wednesday in denver. on sunday, president obama tried to downplay expectations. he told a rally in las vegas that he's, quote, just okay at debating. new jersey governor chris christie chose a different tact, predicting that republican nominee mitt romney will, quote, do extraordinarily well. >>> in a rare prison interview, one of the men convicted for the bellway sniper attacks is expressing remorse. lee boyd malvo says i was a monst monster, a thief, stole people's lives. the shooting left at least ten people dead in the washington, d.c. area. the now 27-year-old malvo is serving life without parole. >>> a teenaged girl distressed message sent over twitter has triggered a police search and drawn worldwide attention. kathryn craig has more from clark, new jersey. good morning, kathryn. >> reporter: natalie, good morning. it started with a message on twitter, a tweet from a teenager who lives in this house that someone was inside the house, and she wrote, call 911. we have the tweet to show and you despite the typo from the teenager, people were absolutely crazy and worr
,000. >>> president obama and mitt romney are preparing for their first debate wednesday in denver. on sunday, president obama tried to downplay expectations. he told a rally in las vegas that he's, quote, just okay at debating. new jersey governor chris christie chose a different tact, predicting that republican nominee mitt romney will, quote, do extraordinarily well. >>> in a rare prison interview, one of the men convicted for the bellway sniper attacks is expressing remorse. lee boyd malvo says i was a monst monster, a thief, stole people's lives. the shooting left at least ten people dead in the washington, d.c. area. the now 27-year-old malvo is serving life without parole. >>> a teenaged girl distressed message sent over twitter has triggered a police search and drawn worldwide attention. kathryn craig has more from clark, new jersey. good morning, kathryn. >> reporter: natalie, good morning. it started with a message on twitter, a tweet from a teenager who lives in this house that someone was inside the house, and she wrote, call 911. we have the tweet to show and you despite the typo
. the university of denver is all set for the first presidential debate of the campaign. president obama and mitt romney go head-to-head tonight talking about the economy, jobs and health care. we will cover the debate live right here on nbc bay area starting at 6:00. you can tune in an hour earlier for local news and followed by "nightly news with brian williams" at 5:30. let's turn things over to christina with the look at the forecast. >>> good morning. 94 inland. 81 bayside. 77 at the coast. we will take you down ten degrees as we head through thursday. 70s return by the weekend. [ maraca shaking ] ♪ ♪ oh dole-dole-dole ♪ it is a juice for the soul ♪ you can't go wrong with dole ♪ so many flavors ♪ it's hard to control ♪ it's like a carnival ♪ in your mouthhole ♪ dole -- it is a juice for the soul ♪ [ male announcer ] dole. never dull. who are these guys? oh, that's just my buds. bacon, donuts. -my taste buds. -[ taste buds ] waffles. how about we try this new kind of fiber one cereal? you think you're going to slip some fiber by us? rookie. okay. ♪ nutty clusters and al
park residents, homeless people and african-americans in counties president obama won in 2008. tonight the fox affiliate in denver, colorado is reporting the state republican party has terminated its relationship with the same voter registration firm accused of fraud down in the state of florida. it happened after this videotape surfaced of a young woman only registering voters who support mitt romney. >> i am polling people but do you vote for romney or obama? >> i thought you were registering voters a minute ago. >> i am, i am. >> and who are you registering? all voters? >> i'm actually trying to register people for a particular party because we're out here in support of romney actually. i am. >> and who is paying you for this? >> oh, the -- let me see, we're working for the county clerk's office. >> okay. you cannot come out here -- >> working for the county clerk's office. that means taxpayer dollars goes to that teen-age person to go out and register people who are going to vote for mitt romney. the fox affiliate confirmed the woman worked for the republican firm. this is what hap
ready for the big night in denver. cristina mutchler has more. the clock is ticking down to wednesday's presidential debate with president obama and mitt romney getting ready to go head-to-head for the first time and their supporters weighing in on who is best prepared. i think both are excellent in their own way. i think you could argue that mitt has had a lot more recent experience, obviously, but also, candy part of it depends on who is moderating. he's been through at least 20 debates in the course of the primaries, and newt gingrich himself said just the other day, he's the best debater. he beat all of them. tim pawlenty, a republican said they think he's a terrific debater mitt romney used senator rob portman of ohio to act as his opponent while preparing for the debate.... and john kerry played the role of romney stand-in...for president obama. the president has a day job, the presiden'ts been president and has not had the time to practice, all we hear about is that mitt romney's been practicing practicing, practicing wherever he goes. i think mitt romney is going to co
that comes wednesday in denver, the obama campaign reportedly sending out a group of former bain employees, bain capital to go after mitt romney's business record. >> clayton: peter doocy live in washington d.c. with the details. this short of worked for president obama earlier in the summer, trying to paint mitt romney this way with bain ads. will this work? we'll have to see. >> reporter: we do have to wait and see and the economy is set to be the topic of wednesday's presidential debate and mitt romney is going to try it tout his record at bain capital for a reason to pick him. the democrats are trying to peck up people who used to work bain capital, and a part of the election season, he was featured on a conference call with the now infamous, joe southic, a former employer of a bain company that later on claimed that mitt romney indirectly killed his wife and mitt romney deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter claemd not to remember and we also heard from mr. foster at the democrat national convention earlier this month. >> bain took over the bill, they loaded it up with millions in
, denver, colorado, romney versus obama. that's next wednesday, 8:00 p.m. eastern time he on c. >>> theh dayof the united natis general assembly and a side group is taking on auably the bloodiest and most brutal problem in the world today. syria. the conf there has reportedlyed more than 30,000 people since march of last yea more than twthirdsre civilians. this is youtube video out of aleppo, the city of aleppo. today, the german foreign minister made a plea before the assembly. >> translator: such suffering is speechless. bulsoimpells us to act. to this very day the security council hasailed to live up to its responsibility for peop in ria. >> germany is part of a special u.n. athis ur. knn as the friends of syria. u.s. sec also ere with about 20 other world leaders. >>> let's turnto cnn's senior united nations correspondent richard roth. before we get to syria, i want get the ltest onhat phone call involving israeli prime minister benjamin etanyahu. yesterday, he urgethat a red úp the nuclear progme given to in iran. we havlearned that he and now the answer whom oken. called whom? >>
. >>> president barack obama and mitt romney are about to come face-to-face for their first presidential debate. it happens wednesday night in denver. both candidates have been practicing for the event and both campaigns are trying to lower expectations by presenting their candidate as the underdog. while the candidates prepare for the debate, their running mates are courting voters, as well, in critical battleground states. republican paul ryan is in new hampshire and ohio today and vice president joe biden is wrapping up a two-day swing through florida right now. right now, live pictures. he is holding a rally there and talking to supporters in ft. myers. >>> all right, now to a controversy over the legitimacy of voter registrations in florida. an election official in palm beach county tells cnn as many as 106 voter registration applications may be fraudulent containing false information and fake signatures. the applications were turned in by a consulting firm hired by the republican national committee to register voters. the rnc says it has cut ties with that firm. >>> president obama and mi
. president obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney taking the stage at the university of denver. our coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern. both men have a lot riding on tonight's first debate. for the most part the president has maintained a steady lead over romney since the democratic convention, but the race is now tightening. i want you to take a look at our latest cnn poll of polls. this is an average of five national polls. among likely voters, the president has 49%. mitt romney at 46%. everybody will be focussing on how these candidates performed. the debate after the debate. well, that, of course, will rage on. what we don't see is the work that goes behind the scenes the night before. our dana bash who sat down with one of the men who is prepping romney for a debate and gives us an inside look. >> if you make a serious accusation against governor romney like that -- >> i simply suggested -- >> you need to explain that. >> you want to try again? i mean -- >> wouldn't it be nice if people didn't make accusations somewhere else that they weren't willing to defend here? >> o
debate. the university of denver in colorado. now, this is where for 9 on minutes president obama, former massachusetts governor mitt romney will go at it tonight head-to-head, face-to-face, and while they're on the stage, whole lot will be happening behind the scenes. want to bring in cnn political director mark preston who gives us a look. >> heetsz head inside where the action is going to take place. >> she must be wonder whoing will be sitting in the audience tonight for this first presidential debate. i don't know the answer, but peter here with the commissioner on presidential debates does. >> on wednesday night at the university of denver we'll have students, vip's, and those that the campaigns have invited. they'll be on floort and on the balcony behind us. >> how do you get invited if you don't get an invitation from one of the candidates? >> it would be very difficult to get into the debate. >> who is going to be at that far podium? >> at the far podium will be governor romney, and then at the near podium will be president obama. >> how is it going to work? who will get the firs
. that debate between mick romney and president obama will be light wednesday at the university of denver. our live debate previews start at 7:00 p.m. eastern. derates, jim lehrer monit the debate. on-line coverage here on c-span. >> ross gave a good answer, but i got to respond directly to president bush. you questioned my patriotism. i honor your service in world war ii. i honor mr. perot's service and the service of every man and women who ever served, including your chairman and of joint chiefs. when joe mccarthy attack people for their paired treason, quest for their patriotism, he was wrong. you were wrong to attack my patriotism. i was opposed to the war, but i love my country, and media a country that will bring this country together, not divide it. i want to lead a unified country. i question his judgment and character. i do not accept his demonstrating and organizing demonstrations in a foreign country when your country is
having been through this much more recently than president obama, think he starts with an advantage. >> reporter: carol, if you listen to these campaigns, i guess neither of these guys will be any good in denver wednesday night. who do you believe? >> i think there have been some polls that people mostly say president obama will win the debates. remember in 2008, obama's debate performance when he said this? >> he's very likable. i agree with that. i don't think i'm that bad. >> you're likable enough, hillary, no doubt about it. >> i appreciate that. >> okay. so he said, you're likable enough. that didn't go over too well with the voting public. in thanks for that trim down memory lane. that was from the primaries back in '08. >> its true the president hasn't debated since 2008. our poll, we did earlier this month. almost 6 in 10 aid the president was more likely to win the debates and only 34% said mitt romney. the way you look at it regardless who you think will win or lose, the key is what they say and talk about on policy. the debates may be the last thing that maybe moves that
barack obama is still at a desert resort huddling with advisors as he gets ready for tomorrow's first debate with republican mitt romney. romney made a campaign appear snow is in denver and told the crowd he would honor temporary work permits for young illegal immigrants because of an executive order signed by the president. >>> call day lose-win. the phillies beat the nationals 2-0 last night but the second place braves also lost which clinches the nationals' first nl east divisional title. the team brought the celebration on to the field to share it with the fans. the celebration spilled over onto south capital street and beyond last night. >> i can't even express right now what i'm feeling. this was amazing. we're going to the post-season with the nl east division champs. >> how are you feel something. >> i'm just extra happy that we -- we lost but we won. it's just -- i don't know. i feel great. >> really pumped that we actually clinched for the division. >> what did you think of that game? >> good. >> what won? >> washington. >> last year at this time, we weren't even considerin
at an undisclosed locate. . >>> let's turn to the race for the presidency. president barack obama and mitt romney are about to go head to head for their first presidential debate. it happens wednesday night in denver. senator john kerry is standing in for mitt romney in president obama's debate rehearsals. on the other side, senator rob portman will fly with mitt romney to colorado on monday. he is playing the role of president obama in romney's practice round. >> while the candidates prepare for that debate, their running mates are courting voters in battleground states. republican paul ryan is in new hampshire and ohio today. he said president obama's economic policies were contributing to a lower standard of living. >> you're either part of the problem or part of the solution. and you know what? president obama has become part of the problem, and mitt romney is the solution. >> and vice president joe biden is wrapping up a two-day swing through florida. at a rally in ft. myers, he blasted romney and ryan on medicare. >> if what the republicans -- if what romney and ryan are saying about obama
facing a third party candidate in the 2012 election. then live coverage from denver, colorado, for a campaign rally with republican presidential candidate mitt romney. later, president obama rallies with supporters in las vegas. >> tuesday british labour party leader ed miliband delivers remarks in manchester. we'll have live coverage from england here on c-span2 starting at 9:15 a.m. eastern. also tuesday on c-span2, a look at what happens to individual taxes if the bush era tax cuts expire. former congressional budget office director douglas holtz-eakin and other economists look at the issue. our live coverage from the urban institute here in washington, d.c. starts at noon eastern. >> every generation through our history has worked and sacrificed to leave a better country to their children and grandchildren and future generations. we, we were then spending their money, we are now even more, much more, spending their money, and we are leaving them a mess that will be a very difficult to deal with, and if we are that weak, just think of who wants to come here first and take u
of this campaign and is turning into one of the most hyped political events of this entire year. president obama and mitt romney, one on one, wednesday night, denver, colorado. let me bring in chief political analyst gloria borger with a preview and, gloria, hit this home for me. we talked about how crucial this is, really, for both of these men. we say how crucial, really how crucial is it? >> well, i don't think the stakes can get any higher. this isn't as if you have 20 primary debates like you did for the republicans during the primary season. you got a few times for both mitt romney and president obama to show their stuff, this first debate is huge. largely because the race is tight, in the battleground states, the president seems to be really gaining an advantage. and generally, you know, you can't decide as a voter to fire somebody until you're sure that the replacement can do a good job. this is that moment when you're going to have a huge audience and if you're mitt romney, you have to explain to american voters why you can be commander in chief, and why you would be the replacement for
. romney used a rally in denver to try out his foreign policy attacks. he also attacked president obama on the mandatory spending cuts that will kick into place at the beginning of the year if congress cannot come to some sort of agreement that will stop us from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. senate leaders are planning to use the post election session to hammer out some sort of deal to avoid the automatic tax increases. right now a bipartisan group is coming together to work on what would be a three-step process of reducing the deficit by $2 trillion. and in pennsylvania a judge has ruled against the state's voter id law for the time being. voters will not be stopped from casting a ballot. the judge said there is not enough time with five weeks to go for the number of people who need photo id and those who have already gotten it. we're back with more steph after the break. stay with us. election but they cannot steal democracy. what the current audience can expect from my show is the unexpected. >>stephanie miller challenges the system, now it's your turn. >>it'
have obama's senior adviser david axelrod who said this in a memo about the upcoming debates. we expect mitt romney to show up in denver. the first debate generally favor challengers. the president never really shined in. is that the right thing to do? >> strategically that's what campaigns do. when you look at -- i watched most of the republican debates. i think governor romney is a very good debater. there's certainly things you can't teach in debates, and that's in terms of how you attack your opponent. he had his bad moments, i.e., his 10,0$10,000 bet, but he was pretty solid. i remember during the primaries when we were prepping against him, it really wasn't -- he wasn't a candidate we were focused on in terms of being concerned about debating. all that being said, usually the challenger in this circumstance would go in with lower expectations. the problem here is because romney's campaign is in such a terrible position, and it's flailing. everyone is fixated on, is this the moment, the debate that turns things around? the expectations are higher for governor romney, and that is th
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